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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 5-252-6146
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Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research...

Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.

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Wonderful to see and great work preserbving the Tortoises!

in a controlled area, the scientists do reserach and work to preserve the tortoises, the walk around is easy and one can see tortoises and Iguanas , well worth the visit

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Kirkland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basically you get to see a few giant tortoises. you can see those on the side of the road or better at a reserve. Not much else there. take a highland tour instead to the tortoises up close

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

in a controlled area, the scientists do reserach and work to preserve the tortoises, the walk around is easy and one can see tortoises and Iguanas , well worth the visit

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of construction work, short opening hours and not a lot of exhibits. If you want to see Giant Tortoises, see them in the wild. This place is a bit like a grim zoo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't see much as it was still under renovation but it was a nice way to spend an hour or so as the entrance is free and the bathrooms are also free (and clean).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth the trip. Interesting to find out a little more about the islands and their original populations. A nice and pleasant walk with lots of interesting things to see and explore

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got here on a bike while discovering the beauties of Isabela on a way from Puerto Villamil. You can see hundreds of different sizes of turtles from very small ones to big and old ones. They also have a gift shop and a indoor room with informations about turtle life cycle and why are they endangered. It's worth seeing... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked a long way to the Darwin Center. You feel like you need to visit it b/c you are in the Galapagos. However, I don't feel like it was worth the trip. The museum is boring, we saw the tortoise elsewhere. Nothing exciting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were all expecting so much more ... with explanations about Charles Darwin and his discoveries. Instead there were several pens showing different giant tortoises and some land iguanas. None of them looked particularly happy with their enclosed lives and some of the enclosures were smelly too. Just disappointed.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Can see the famous Galapagos Tortoises but it may be better if they can be kept in the wild or wider area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

It is amazing to be able to see eork being done up close. Kids really enjoyed watching turtles up close. Wear enough sunscreen and bring water it is pretty hot.

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